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Grateful Dead Live at Shoreline Amphitheatre on 1995-06-02

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Grateful Dead Live at Shoreline Amphitheatre on 1995-06-02

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Alabama Getaway, Greatest Story Ever Told, Candyman, Good Morning Little School Girl, Ramble On Rose, El Paso*, Bird Song, Promised Land New Speedway Boogie, That Would Be Something, Way To Go Home, Saint Of Circumstance, He's Gone-> Drums-> Chanting by Gyoto Monks-> Space-> Easy Answers, Standing On the Moon, Around & Around, E: Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds Weir on acoustic. Other Artist(s): Gyoto Monks

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Shoreline Amphitheatre
Location Mountain View, CA

Source SBD > DAT > CD > extracted on a Mac using Toast Audio Extractor (overlap)> SHN (note corrected info)
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SBD > DAT > CD > extracted on a Mac using Toast Audio Extractor (overlap)> SHN (note corrected info); liberated bootleg; via Jon Seff


Reviewer: pinga - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 16, 2015
Subject: not a bad listen
Good quality soundboard. Hey, it ain't the seventies, or late eighties when the band were just killing it, but hey, it's still Grateful Dead and i'm grateful to have these shows on the archive to listen to! So, detractors, kindly shut yer pieholes!
Reviewer: zzzboxofrainzzz - - June 6, 2013
Subject: There's something there......
Heard the Alabama>Greatest Story on Sirius the other evening and decided to check this show out. Why? Well even though Alabama was slow paced and had its lyrics mangled, the tone of Jerry's guitar was "fatter/fuller" than the shows I saw on the east coast that summer. In fact, it was a fuller sound than several of the '94 shows I saw. And the Greatest Story? Right pace, and the same deal with the sound of the guitar. Had a fuzz/whining sound that had been missing since at least '91. So I figured, let's give it a listen..... Anyway, Candyman sounded fine. While closer to the original Muddy Waters version [and the pace of Johnny Winters versions], I prefer the slower Pig Pen era renditions of Schoolgirl. Which leads to another point..... slow doesn't mean weak. In fact, and as noted somewhere below by another reviewer, several songs were brought back at slowed down tempos and had a groove and pace that made them better than the originals [Loose Lucy is one that comes to mind]. So if you like the quick Schoolgirl [as we all did when talking about real schoolgirls back when we were teens], then that's what you like. Ramble on was typical post '91- -listenable but not stellar. El Paso was El Paso [sorry Bobby, but a throwaway tune more often than not]. Then there was the Birdsong. Sorry, but no matter how I listen to it, the word is train wreck, not great jamming or original improv. The drums are off. Jerry is just killing time. Sounded like the 3 chord crap my buddies would crank out when jamming in college. Then they did something amazing.... played Promised Land with some energy. By the mid-80's I was so sick of Promised Land as a set ender. Then they played a bring down a house version at MSG on 9/14/91 that had me dancing on my chair that reminded me that it isn't what they play, it's how they play it. Now this version of Promised Land is no 9/14/91. Jerry's lead isn't scorching. But the pace was great and the playing cohesive. So I give the 1st set 3 & 1/2 stars for song selection and playing since the Greatest Story came the closest to a classic "Dead Jam" than anything else I heard in '95. On to the 2nd set...... Speedway was standard for '94/'95. But That Would be Something was the best I heard that year. Complete version and Jerry's guitar is loud in the mix. Searing jam? No. But very listenable and light. Sir Paul would have enjoyed the boys take on his classic tune. Way to go Home is the one exception to the it's how they play it rule. Sorry Vince, but your voice was painful to listen to. So while not a horrific version, it is a horrific song. Saint of Circumstance was sooooo laid back. Yes, Jerry is playing behind the lyrics- -filling space as only he was able. But the drummers are setting a slow pace. As if it were their night to hold the band back....And just like the version at RFK later in June, Bobby cuts the jam short- -almost feel like another 2 bars and Jerry was really going to let loose. Or maybe Bobby is saving Jerry from showing that he no longer had that next gear in the tool box? Anyway, a decent He's Gone with decent space into drumz. The monks.... cool stuff. A novelty, but cool. The post drums was tough for me. Easy Answers is another song that I struggled with. But on this night, played fairly well. I just think it should never have been played in the second set [first heard it at Giants Stadium sandwiched into TMNS]. Was this a classic Standing on the Moon? No. But as pointed out in earlier reviews, damn you can hear the emotion pouring out of Jerry's voice. Then again, I loved SOTM and Days Between. Maybe because I could relate so well due to what was going on in my own life. Other than the '77 and '78 versions, I have always considered Around and Around to be in the Promised Land category. Especially post '91. And this was no exception. And last but not least, LSD. Much like Quinn the Eskimo, LSD was a tune I had no patience for as an encorse. With the exception of Brokedown Palace which brings amazing emotion and can leave everyone in the house with a tear in their eye, or We Bid You Goodnight which is just such a classic, an encorse should be a rocker. Johnny B. Goode. US Blues. GDTRFB [was in Birmingham for that in '80], Lovelight. Something to send you dancing and singing into the night. LSD [the song, not the drug]never did that for me any of the times I saw it. So while great that Jerry pays homage to John Lennon, a song that is better suited for 1st set or pre-drums 2nd set.

Anywho.... enough rambling. Long story longer and more tedious, there are spots in this one that are so 1995 it is hard to listen to. But they are few and far between. And there are some very nice spots as well. So if I were rating based on my listen to I'd give it 3 stars. Actually would have liked to have been at this one b/c no total stinkers other than Birdsong. And I suppose that stoned to the bejesus at the show it may have sounded good.

Oh, and not that it matters, I first heard the Dead in '71 and saw my first show in '74 at the ripe ol' age of 15. Why I don't think it matters? I listen to all sorts of music, including opera and classical. Most of it written 100's of years before I was born. And I still feel I can critique the music. After all, I can tell if they are off beat. I can tell if they are off key. And I can tell if they are playing a dumbed down version instead of an original score. That's from years of listening to music and playing an instrument or 2 in my youth. So other than the Touch Heads that didn't maintain their "social graces" and turned the scene from peace and love to commercialism, I will never bash newbies- -whether they started going to shows in '95 or didn't hear the boys till last week. In fact, I embrace them b/c they're the ones that will pass this amazing music on to the next generation....

And I don't expect many folks to agree with most of my review. It's just my opinion and nothing more than MY opinon. As Charles Durning said in Home for the Holidays, "Opinions are like assholes. Everybody's got one and everybody thinks the other person's stinks".

Not posting a rating b/c not at the show so don't know what the vibe was. But from a musical standpoint, better than 95% of what I saw in 1995 and better than a few '94 shows [Giants Stadium for example]. Just an overall listenable performance better than any of the pre-programmed pop that was ruling the airwaves back in the 90's.

RIP Jerry. Miss you more than words can tell....
Reviewer: Darrylizer - favorite - February 2, 2013
Subject: Not terribly rewarding.
During the middle jam of Birdsong Jerry isn't in the same key as the rest of the band. Neither is Vince and their aleatoric "free" jazz fumbling is not rewarding. Bobby tries to bring the band some tonal center and does some fast lead work but to no avail. Sloppy indifferent playing characterizes this show. I'm not feeling it.
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 3, 2012
Subject: I had almost given up on '95 shows.
This one shows they could still play an amazing show on a good day.
Reviewer: Olde Geek - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 26, 2012
Subject: June 2 1995
This is the only show played on this date.
Reviewer: k-town - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 4, 2011
What an awesome yet misterious vibe there that night. My friends and I were up on the grass center stage on the rail , and we all went away saying WOW!!!! You could tell though Jerry was being a little space cadet and had his moments..
Reviewer: OannesRex - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 31, 2011
Subject: Bird Song!
As a European who never had the chance to experience the Dead live I find the 1995 tour more of a rollercoaster than absolutely bad. Most gigs have their shining moments, here the climax is a fantastic Bird Song.
Reviewer: Sedula - favoritefavorite - June 2, 2010
Subject: When you old farts are dead and gone, I will continue to carry the memory of shows like this one.
Go ahead and continue to carry the memory, but just not of this show or year. This show was certainly not a four or a five. Maybe if you had seen the Dead prior to '92 you would understand. Us "old farts' saw the Dead when they still could play (especially Jerry). What you saw did not resemble the Dead we saw.
Reviewer: sharkmanlpn - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 2, 2010
Subject: The Other Side
This show pushed me to the Other side of life.
There was a vibe that what we were seeing was about to come to the end. This show was dark and full of hope at the same time. Best of what I saw in 95 which was most of the tour. Listen to the Monks see what you think.
Reviewer: krestonc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 10, 2009
Subject: Good Reviews
It's good to see good reviews. This was my last set of shows. Great west coast swing! Portland blew my mind. Then this. I've only been a Deadhead since '92, but, fortunately I was better schooled than some. When you old farts are dead and gone, I will continue to carry the memory of shows like this one.
After going through that bottle neck of a line, it took a couple minutes for us to calm down. But what a show. Jerry gave it to us, all of us, right to the end. Please save your negative reviews for the barenaked ladies.
Edit: 12-9-09...these days we can sit at out pc's and listen to every show there was. sometimes the boys were hit or miss, but what i wouldn't give to be there for one more of Jerry's mumbled lyrics.
Reviewer: jcliff2003 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 13, 2009
Subject: That would be something...
...if this darkness would give. I don't usually feel the need to comment but the spirit has moved me. So many people have touched on so many important points in this discussion. It amazes me how people can hear, witness, feel, and otherwise experience the same thing and come up with so many different interpretations of it. We can listen for technical precision, vocal prowess, creative genius, emotion, etc... Some come to laugh the past away and some come to make it just one more day but whichever way your pleasure tends, if you plant ice you're gonna harvest wind.

For some reason, this little show that few have heard of has, I think, touched on the heart of what it is to be a deadhead. I have to agree with some that this is not the show to turn your friends into deadheads and is technically poor. The drummers do sound off at times, which is unusual, and Jerry does his almost ritual lyric fudging. Alabama is certainly slow. But it is not a slow show. In fact, GMLSG hits the quickest pace I've heard and harkens to Muddy Waters's original version.

I will agree with others that this show is about magic. I have been a Deadhead for, oh my, 13 years; I just missed Jerry, in fact my first memory of the Dead after being kicked a couple shows by my cousin was of hearing the sad news of Jerry's passing. That said, I KNOW this band and I FEEL them, even outside the venue, tucked away in my little room, and fourteen years away from this show, I feel them This show, with all it's flaws, is rowdy, spiritually speaking.

As much as I dislike this version of Alabama you can hear from the start that Jerry is improvising vocals, which he does not often do, and the solo on GSET is unusually loud and ferocious for 1995. I haven't even heard SOTM yet and by GMLSG I know this show is special. It is in no way the same as the love I have for a crisp and electric late 70s SBD but it is a mature, thoughtful, and brooding love for a band that can exhibit more depth and raw emotion in one night than some people experience in an entire year. Albeit deeply flawed, this show is deeply special and the flaws actually are what make this show so emotional; for what is a jam without tension, triumph without hardship, or a Dead show without some glaring imperfection?

Sorry for the lengthy post. I'm done.

Peace y'all,
Reviewer: deadhead33s - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 10, 2009
Subject: agreeing
gregulator, i agree with you.
Reviewer: gregulator - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 2, 2009
Subject: it was a joke
Obviously, Skippy, you missed that one. I am trying to say that people need to appreciate ALL incarnations of the Grateful Dead. One of my personal favorite eras of the dead was 1967, before mickey joined the band full time. By saying it was never the same after that, I was pointing out how "absurd" it is to nit pick the boys in 95. I almost always listen to 90's dead when I stream archive, mostly because the sbds of the 80s and 70s were mostly available for me through the years. Now, I can finally listen clearly to what was goin down, esp 92-95. I truly enjoy listening to the 90s, and 95 doesn't make me frown. Like I wrote, I wish I saw every 95 show live, personally, and this forum is where I can hear clear copies of the sbd's that somehow escaped my collection(mostly due to me finding out about archive too late to be able to burn the copies for myself). Sorry you missed it Skip, my sarcasm was aimed at those who like to bitch about the 90's on these review sites. peace-g
Reviewer: Skippy61 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 2, 2009
Subject: the Grateful Dead was was it was!!
reading a few reviews here forced me to comment on them. The Gd should have were never the same after Pigpen??? They never where the same after Mickey joined?? WE should vote who is in ??? And what they play?? WTF who do you think you are greregulator?? Guess you should've joined the band if you wanted to make these decisions. As for a Deadhead since 91 OF COURSE YOU CAN BE IMHO(listen to older HEads you can always learn something) you can be a DeadHead starting last week ...if you get it and can get one the proverbial bus. Oh the show...FUN...perfect??? HELL NO. but that's the beauty of the DEAD
Reviewer: taemacho - favoritefavorite - January 27, 2009
Subject: drums?
I was wondering why all the '95 shows and it could go earlier than that, sound like Billy and Mickey are banging on the bottom of a plastic trash can. I don't mean to be critical, but it sounds strange.
Reviewer: happy420 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 14, 2008
Subject: My last show
So cool to hear an SBD of this. Not the best, or the worst. I remember going nuts when they busted into New Speedway Boogie, the only one I ever saw. There are no 5 star shows in '95, but this one gets a 4 for sound quality and significance.
Reviewer: squirrel barker - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 2, 2008
Subject: show on this date in history
I woke up got my coffee.Clicked on the this date in history was initially disappointed but read areview and figured what the hell.I could tell with Alabama Getaway I'd be late getting To the job.But I've loved the dead since Igot acopy of Workingmans Dead in 70 or 71and finally saw them in 74 then sporadically another 83 times through 95 two or three times I thought the show wasn't up to snuff.Now I'll go see Phil and freinds or Ratdog and enjoy that so I don't really have a clue why I'm writing a review I like 'em all.I give it a five!Birdsong now Ithink their friend from down under may have been present.Nothing afew billion less brain cells won't cure.
Reviewer: BigBrentFan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 2, 2008
Subject: oldhead has it right
I've yet to hear a bad show. There are bigger things in life to worry about than sbds and midis. Enjoy the might be the highlight of your day. PEACE
Ho Ho DC
Reviewer: oldhead21470 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 22, 2008
Subject: It Doesn't really Matter Anyway
Ya know, it doesn't matter when you first heard /saw them, if you got them, they were a way of life from that point forward. Right up to and including today.

This particular show is being played on sirius right now and I've gotta say, they might not have been at their peak, but they were still THE DEAD.

I miss them, but thanks all those that put this archive site together. Through this the Dead will live on forever.
Reviewer: utah3 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 29, 2008
Subject: "Rachael, you've come back"! (To quote a classic Honeymooner's episode)
Boy it's great to have the boys back. Even if it was just for one run. This Shoreline run was the best of the the last. Finally a '95 show that made me cry for all the right reasons. ; )

Right from the first lead in Alabama I got goosebumps. His leads and vocals were right up front in the mix meaning he had confidence and was finally feeling good. Especially after all the sad '95 shows I caught this year. This is what the future could have been like if he stayed healthy. It ain't '77, but damn is was great to hear.
Reviewer: StaggrLee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 9, 2007
Subject: good show
Bird Song is fantastic!
Reviewer: watersweetwater - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 8, 2007
Subject: Perspective
I really enjoyed watching the huge screen, and Jerry's face as he was singing "Standing On the Moon". Waving to the crowd at the end of the show was the last time I saw him.

You are loved and you don't need crutches.

Reviewer: EstimatedStones - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 4, 2007
Subject: Easy Answers, HOT!!!
Definately a good version of it. This show is decent for the most part. Great sounding board as well.
Reviewer: dirty jev-o - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 3, 2007
Subject: bears and knitting
silly comments-----the dead became a slow churning machine of music in the 90 {loose lucy ,friend of the devil were slowed and more powerful this way} so DIG it........

this band always played great and after jerry passed they should have hung it up---
Reviewer: CatherwoodTirebiter - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 10, 2007
Subject: Dandy of a review...
"Knitting a quilt"? I "stopped" reading right there.
Reviewer: lsailor - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 7, 2006
Subject: Guess You Had to Be There
I have said it about other shows in the 90's and I will say it about this one. I guess you had to be there! This was a GREAT show. One of the crew members came out to find me in the lot and gave me a ticket. He told me that they (he and Bob Weir) wanted to make sure I was in for this one. The line was long to get inside and I missed part of the Alabama...though you could hear it pretty well from outside. Someone tells me on the way in... expect Magic tonight. Once I get in and start heading for a dance spot, I see the monks all sitting together watching the show. WOW.. the monks are here! I find my spot and check out the stage and Jerry is wearing white pants. My last memory of Jerry wearing white pants was the Warlocks in Hampton in '89. Guess there is going to be some Magic tonight. The energy of the show was amazing. The second set started and within a couple of songs, my life had changed. The New Speedway with the "This Darkness has go to give" over and over and then the sweet notes of "That would be something".. and Jerry is singing "I will meet you in the pouring rain" ..... It was as much a prayer as it was a plea for Good/Light over Darkness.. This Darkness has got to give.... I would not be the person I am today without this show.
Reviewer: QuadlibetnotOtherONe - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 26, 2006
Subject: dandybear needs some perspective
While I wouldn't put this at the top of the list to dismiss it after listening to part of the opener shows your lack of experience. To claim you have been a "Deadhead" since '91 does not help your cause. I would keep that to youself. Try '85 or '79 or better yet '65. What this show lacks in performance it makes up for in ambiance. This was the only time the Dead played this date, EVER! Look it up check it out. Alambama-Greatest opener, sweet. Candyman, sweet and so on. The Guyoto Monks were amazing as well. This was a show that goes down as a must see, so for those of us who were there we can appreciate the weight this show has. Dandy, stick to reviewing shows for your buddies and leave the real thing to those of us who have some perspective with the band beyond the 90's, how sad.
Reviewer: DandyBear - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 26, 2006
Subject: What are you listening to?
I stopped listening halfway through Alabama Getaway. This is supposed to be a quick moving song but this version is performed with as much gusto as an 80 year old woman knitting a quilt. Ive been a deadhead since '91 and have about 600 shows in my collection. Sadly, the last great Dead show was performed the same year I started listening. Move on to greener pastures and leave this one alone.
Reviewer: rtruck - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 11, 2006
Subject: you only rated this low if you weren't there or don't get Jerry
Ok..if you listen to the show ONLY and can't attach that to the experience of being at this (or many others for that matter) show...i can understand a low can't please everybody. I had friends who would sit for darkstar...WTF??? So..anyway....i was there..never missed a shorline show--but this one was special. Except that they totally screwed up the parking for this event..and made people walk miles to the old booty lot......this show was pure DEAD magic! I got into the soundcheck, and i swear they warmed-up a cosmic charlie. this band, if jerry hadn't left so suddenly, was about to break a bunch of knock-out hits. I know they were warming it up for this show...maybe another soon. That never got to happen, unfortunately. But waht did happen that night was amazing. There was a weird energy...and it was contemplative to say the least. This show wasn't as much of a rocker as a soul-searcher. You gotta hear it as a story instead of a party. maybe then you'll get it. I photo'd this night and was right up front....and during this amazing standing on the moon....Jerry closed his eyes through the entire song, never opening them from my point of view. He seemed to almost wince in pain singing this song and i know i saw an occasional tear from the corner of Jerry's eyes. He really felt this was plain in his face, for all to read. He was carrying his ol' burden at this show...u could tell, and it was a deep trip. He let us out alive...but it wasn't long for him afterward. When hearing it now, i detect the if Jerry was saying "Yeah, you may hate this, but I know u rider....gonna miss me when i'm gone............." This show was a slice of what made the dead experience, and so often, that was not a smoking or perfect set-- It was life....full of the ups and downs that make us human. This show was equal to the 'real' Dead experience....a mountain of emotion....and not all can be pretty. Indeed, at this show, some got raw.
Reviewer: Enlightened Deadhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 20, 2006
Subject: Monks
Stellar show. All of you folks who treat music like baseball are killing me. The vibe was amazing at this show. Maybe you should look for inspiration elsewhere if you can't treat these shows as a just a small souvenir of the actual experience.
Reviewer: lobster12 - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 6, 2006
Subject: I give up
There's no way i can review anymore 95's. How can you? I guess this night is "ok" because there is a bit of effort, same as the next night. But the I can barely make out Jer's mumbled vocals on NSB half the time, Alabama is played at a snails pace and most horrifically, the Saint of Circumstance is brutal. This band is a shadow of its' former self. 3 stars for, I don't know, the monks.
Reviewer: yonder hillbilly - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 20, 2006
Subject: My one and only
I turned 19 and saw my first and only Jerry show on the same day. A stellar day in the life of this head. Although i have seen many dead family shows since this day, i realize the importance of seeing at least one with Jerry. I'm glad so many people appreciate this show. I will never forget it. Jerry, I miss you and I hardly knew you. Much Love.
Reviewer: jwmckay57 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 10, 2006
Subject: Surprise
I had only heard bad things about 1995 so I decided to check out a few shows . This is the first one I dl'd and I was really surprised . The sound quality is excellent and New Speedway Boogie is just fine. The space that follows the monks chanting is one of the best.A relly enjoyable listen.
Reviewer: Terrapin31590 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 16, 2006
Subject: Contemplating the Ifs ....
This is an interesting show to look at from a historical perspective. It shows the band breaking out (or at least mastering) two different arrangements, one for Schoolgirl, and the other for New Speedway. Along with some of the other "new" stuff the band was working on (i.e. Take Me To the River, It's All Too Much, Visions of Johanna), it's easy to speculate about the directions the band would have gone in had Jerry not passed. IF they toured less, IF Jerry got help, IF Vince had a better handle on the music, IF IF IF's a bit of a bummer, but this is a decent show. Check out the out there jam about 7 minutes into Bird Song, the Gyoto chanting and LSD. Not too shabby. This is really 3.5, but I always round up.
Reviewer: direwolf600 - favoritefavorite - February 10, 2006
Subject: Bird Song n move on
I can't believe some of these reviews. I'm not here to judge opinions, but is anyone listening to the percussion in this show. It's worse than sub-par. It's awful. They are out of time with the music and each other. The scorching Getaway>Greatest Story...sounded more like both mickey and billy tried to flee the scene just before show time and were forced out on stage with gun's to their backs. in my humble opinion

p.s. It is nice to hear to a summer 95 with some conviction in Jerry's voice, if not playing.
Reviewer: Trannyman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 2, 2006
Subject: Outstanding, any year
Takes you back to the best shows right away with a burning Alabama> Greatest. Bird Song is like no other one played before, a must listen.

2nd set keeps things on a high level too. Speedway >TWBS is classic stuff. I agree, one of the best of 95 and one of the best of the 90's. Amazing that, with all of the inconsistent playing of 95, they could still be this hot when the night was right.

PS- Guyoto Monks are freakin wierd.
Reviewer: MCSZ - favoritefavorite - December 21, 2005
Subject: 2 Stars
Reviewer: PennsylvaniaPete - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 20, 2005
Subject: My last Great show
While I still had five more shows to go after this one before Jerry passed, this was my last really great show. The vibe at Shoreline was on, and the band really seemed to flow. Really well played, especially for 1995. I do recall Jerry seemed to have aged five years since I had last seem him at the Spectrum in the spring.
This recording is my most often Grateful Dead played of the bands last two years (1994-1995) and on of the ones from the whole Vince era I like the best.
Reviewer: grateful turk - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 12, 2005
Subject: Wish I had gone...
This show has enormous sentimental value for me because in fact "I did not go" and I wish so very much that I had! I had just gotten back to the SF Bay Area from overseas, just in time for the shows in the region, but I flaked! I had not any energy nor the financial means. Though when I heard the second set of this show years later for the first time, it struck me so clearly that I just should have been there.. THAT WOULD BE SOMETHING! So groovy.. Contrary to criticism by some, this show sounds superb to me (I just should have gone no matter what..) Little did I know, this Shoreline series would have been my last.. Makes me teary in the eyes and in the heart..

As for the music, sentiments aside, I think this is just an excellent show, considering this is the post-sixties, jazzy-Dead era. "That Would be Something" has the coolest groove that is Dead's signature, "Way to go home" is allright if you can pan out the screaming vocals down a bit. "He is Gone" on the other hand is very powerful and has a great vocal jam in the end. It peaks the groove for me into the drum jam.. Jazzy and rocking groovy at the same time.. Besides, you really can't seperate the sentiments with the music, in my opinion, because the Grateful Dead's music is afterall essentially sentimental.

Thanks for putting this great show on the archive. Unfortunutely, I only get to hear it through my strereo and did not witness the energy which must have been there at Shoreline. As some of you suggest, it must have been something. The last time I got to see The Dead and JGB remained the end of 94 because I missed this show. I have a feeling from there on I would have gotten on the bus and followed the band till the end, all the way to Chicago. It makes me teary in the eyes and in the heart.

Safe journeying to you all...
Reviewer: gankmore - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 2, 2005
Subject: Awesome Standing, Really Cool Monks Moment
This is the best post 8.21.93 Standing On The Moon.
Reviewer: patkelley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 14, 2005
Subject: i love this one
i think the quality is excellent. As for the performance, they can't all be gems. you would do well to turn your bass up for this one, as it's slightly underrepresented in the mix
Reviewer: stratocaster - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 11, 2005
Subject: 06-02-1995
The second set is worth a listen, if not for the tantric chanting, then the phenomenal of the show suffers from what plagues 1995...
Reviewer: pauljolly65 - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 11, 2005
Subject: Birdsong
Not a stellar show IMO, but it was the last time I saw the band with Jerry so it's got sentimental value. I disagree with the earlier comments about Birdsong being a complete mess. As a fan of Ornette Coleman, I'd always wanted the band to push that song as far as possible...and this night, they did. I recall the melody, then the key, then then rhythm completely falling apart into some very free music. They pulled it back together admirably, and it remains one of my favorite versions. Not much else to recommend about the show, but I had fun.
Reviewer: sreiss - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 27, 2005
Subject: The Last Time I Saw Jerry
I personally loved this was my last.

There was an incredible energy at this show which maybe could have only been experienced live. Jerry was not well and you could tell it...yet, he was unbelievably soulful, especially during Standing On The Moon...which I will never forget to this day...Listen to it closely and you can feel his pain, at least I could. The memory still haunts me.

I loved the guitar work on New Speedway Boogie. It was also the first time I had heard El Paso since the early 70's...what a treat...always one of my favorites.

And what can I say...the Gyoto Monks were unbelievable.

Listen to this show was not your typical show...but it was special...and a forebearing of things to come.
Reviewer: andy b - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 13, 2005
Subject: I really love this show
has to be the all time best drumz every played, not to mention amazing quality recording for a 95 show. I cant imagine tripping out at that show, they must have scared a lot of people.
Reviewer: brendanmcauley - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 6, 2005
Subject: Jerry sings strong
This show, like so many from it's era, is difficult to review in clasic criteria because at this point in the deads career Jerry did sound more like he did in '85 than even '87-'92. I was at this particular show- I remember driving in from Santa Cruz- missed the last night of the run however.

Jerry sings like a prophet who knows the end is near. I have no other way of explaining it. In those times I would always go to shows as often as possible full well knowing that JG's energy could waver from show to show- but the rest of the band was energetic but for me, they always seemed to feed off JG anyway, so he was important to the dead's energy from night to night.

Anyway, bottom line is that this show is a great recording. SOTM is sung with great passion and JG is doing the best he can at the time, which is touching and to me the essence of what the dead was about. It was the greatest Garage band and always jammed out. This show technically doesnt sound terrific but to me that is okay. The guys don't get A+'s for singing class but so what? Jerry gives it his best shot and I remember him screaming at the top of his lungs during SOTM.

Everything else in the show is decent stuff,songs like Schoolgirl and speedway were classics and Schoolgirl was all up in tempo- it was not 1969- but it is the dead and this run at Shoreline was my last ever so I downloaded it: June 3rd the next night is great too and was my last show. I may not have downloaded it if not for the sentimental value actually.

Having listened to it though, it is a solid 2 sets from 1995 but I have to agree with the previous writer that this is for collectors only. Jerry souds like he has a cold and is a little nasaly at one point; I think he was even getting a little emotional durring SOTM.

I give this sow a 5 for sound but only a 3.5 for overall rating- so I will give a 3 here- as an impartial rating since it was my last show.
Reviewer: deadtothecore - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 13, 2004
Subject: What a difference a generation makes
The sound quality of this recording is exceptional. You can really here Weir.

I agree for collectors only. Or last show sentiments.

Not really bad playing. Just kinda a lack of energy. Jerry seems to give it his all for what its worth.
For '95, somewhat above average.
Reviewer: Imercator - favoritefavorite - July 5, 2004
Subject: At least the monks are good!
I hate giving Dead shows bad reviews but it's hard to be positive about this one. The sound quality on this is indeed very good, but the performance itself is extremely lacking.

The 1st set starts off bad, with Garcia putting Alabama Getaway through the mincer in every aspect. However the worst comes in Birdsong, which starts off well, but after a few minutes Jerry seems to lose all concentration, which in turn results in a further 12 minutes of sheer mess. The highlight of the set is perhaps Schoolgirl, though Garcia has minimal input, Weir does a fine job holding it together. The 2nd Set is not much better. New Speedway Boogie (which they usually managed to pull off quite well in '95) and He's Gone are totally unemotional, and TWBS just sounds more like a mess-around jam. WTG is just a bore on everyone's part and by the time they get to Saint Of Circumstance you can really hear them tiring of the situation. Post space is, though not bad as far as playing is concerned, very lack-lustre, even for a '95 show, and SOTM is a very sad example of poor Jerry's state at the time.

On the good side however, the Guyoto Monks' chant inbetween Drums and Space is an interesting little moment, and probably the best part of the evening. If this show proves anything it is that by this stage in the bands history, Weir was seriously covering for Garcia's short fallings in his much more active-than-usual guitar playing.

Collectors Only.
Reviewer: harrybac - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 5, 2004
Subject: last one for me
well the nicest lady ... highest of sisters gave me a tik fer this show and I drove down in an camper with the crew from Oakland .. of course she went down in the morning to get the -20 row seats I got to sit in .. and the boys were laughin so hard on camper ride down we hadta pull over .. at a bar . to get a grip

at the time I thought the show sounded way way like 1985 ........ I recall pointing in awe at a funkin gonuts bumper sticker on the ride home

soo nice this show is on here cause it sounds just like it should

gonna haveta give it a ...... 4 but it's really a 5 easy

thanks high sis
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